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Business of Football
‘Draft Day’ Reality Checks
‘Draft Day’ Reality Checks
The Kevin Costner movie had unprecedented access to capture the inner workings of the NFL draft and how front office executives go about their business. I lived that life for a decade—here’s what Hollywood got right and wrong
By Andrew Brandt
Open Field
How the Salary Cap Got Caught Up in a Love Story
How the NFL Salary Cap Got Caught Up in a Love Story
Jennifer Garner sought out Megan Rogers—the Browns’ money manager—to prepare for her role in Draft Day. But her on-screen relationship with the leading man has left some women sports executives unable to suspend disbelief
By Emily Kaplan
Film Room
The NFL’s Next Big Thing Isn’t Really Big at All
The Next Big Thing Isn't Really Big at All
But Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins has the strength to outmuscle linebackers and the speed to leave cornerbacks in his dust. Can this potential top five pick break the mold, or will he just end up breaking a general manager’s heart?
By Greg A. Bedard
On Further Review
‘You’ve Got to Take One’
‘You’ve Got to Take One’
That's the advice of Mike Holmgren—Super Bowl-winning coach and a former team architect—to the QB-needy teams considering drafting a passer in May. Will the Texans, Jags, Browns, Bucs and Vikings listen? Plus, reader mail
By Peter King
Monday Morning Quarterback
The Draft Games Begin
The Draft Games Begin
It’s a rite of April. Draft chatter is at full buzz and no one knows what’s the truth and what’s just spin. Let’s cut through all that with five things to know as May 8 draws near. Plus, NFL Media’s new leader, 10 things and my journey to England
By Peter King
Weekend Notes
Baltimore Bounce-Back?
Baltimore Bounce-Back?
A disappointing, 8-8 defense of their Super Bowl title in the rearview, the Ravens entered the offseason on a mission: Improve the disastrous offense. A look at the progress, plus notes on Alex Mack, the 2015 QB draft class and more
By Greg A. Bedard
Going Long
Real Fantasy Football
Real Fantasy Football
More than 3,000 NFL hopefuls paid $245 to attend tryouts across the country this offseason. Some are delusional, while others are destined to make it. The best of the fringe prospects—and the scouts mining for hidden gems—will get a last look at the super regional combine in Detroit this weekend
By Andrew Lawrence
Deep Dive
Another Super Strategy
Another Super Strategy
What do you draft for a team that has everything? Even with the Lombardi in hand, the Seahawks know change happens swiftly in the NFL. That’s why Seattle would be smart to look well into the future come the weekend of May 8-10
By Andy Benoit
Behind the Face Mask
The Green Bay Packers’ New Minister of Defense
The Green Bay Packers’ New Minister of Defense
Reggie White 2.0? Not quite, but inside linebacker A.J. Hawk recently showed off his ministry skills by presiding over the wedding of one of the team’s athletic trainers. Nuptials or knockin’ noggins, Hawk is at home doing both
By Jenny Vrentas
Business of Football
In the NFL, the Business of Football Always Wins
In the NFL, the Business of Football Always Wins
The recent releases of superstars DeSean Jackson and Chris Johnson were classic cases of teams having leverage over players. It also again showed the fallacy of taking an NFL contract at face value
By Andrew Brandt